Sunday, May 29, 2016 7:21 pm
Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has revealed that new jerseys for all the national teams will be unveiled in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The new jerseys for the U-23 Eagles taking part in the men’s football event of the Summer Games will first be unveiled to the world.
Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande confirmed that the new jerseys designed for Nigeria will be unveiled at the Olympic Games in August, where 1996 champions Nigeria is one of only 16 countries taking part in the men’s football tournament.
However, there is quiet indignation about a report in an African football website, which claimed on Saturday that the Super Eagles could not exchange jerseys after Friday’s international friendly with Mali because the players do not have enough and only do ‘wash-and-wear’ of jerseys.
Team administrator Dayo Enebi Achor wondered where such a story emanated from when the Malian players never offered to exchange jerseys with the Super Eagles at the Stade Robert Diochon.
“We have received calls from Nigeria that people are happy about the performance of this young team against Mali. Most people believe that we are on to a good thing with this crop of players but someone is only interested in spewing falsehood to try and embarrass the nation.
“We use new jerseys for every match, and we exchange jerseys when it is necessary. The jerseys belong to the players and they are free to do whatever they want with them after these two matches, ” Enebi was quoted in a statement released by the Media Department of the NFF on Sunday.
Nigeria defeated Mali 1-0 in Friday’s international friendly game and will play another friendly the against Luxembourg on Tuesday.